Tallaght University Hospital Foundation Celebrates the Acquisition of State-of-the-Art CT Scanner to Enhance TUH Emergency Department Care

New ED ScannerAugust 15th 2023Tallaght University Hospital Foundation (TUHF) is delighted to announce the arrival of a Canon Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition CT Scanner to the TUH Emergency Department (ED). The new scanner with Artificial Intelligence (AI) Assisted Decision Making, will significantly enhance the quality of care provided in the ED in TUH. The state-of-the-art technology, supported by a €2m investment by TUHF, will change the patient experience, and improve outcomes for those in need of critical medical attention, particularly stroke patients. 

The Canon Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition CT Scanner is at the forefront of imaging technology, delivering high-quality imaging while minimising patient exposure to ionising radiation. With its extensive range of scanning protocols and built-in software for contrast visualisation, this scanner provides a higher quality image which helps with diagnosing a patient and reduces the risk of contrast reactions.

When combined with the revolutionary Brainomix AI software and a fully equipped simulation laboratory, this CT scanner will offer patients in the ED access to the highest standard of emergency medical care available. The Brainomix AI software, well known for its ability to identify stroke-associated brain damage swiftly and accurately, will empower clinicians to make rapid, reliable decisions critical to the patients' clinical outcomes.

Kelly Crowley, Head of Development for TUHF, expressed gratitude to the donors who facilitated the purchase of this technology, saying “Thanks to our generous donors and the support of our partner Bartra Healthcare, Tallaght University Hospital Foundation is proud to have delivered this transformational technology which will go a long way in improving the quality of care for patients in TUH. Their contributions have enabled us to provide timely access for patients to hospital services that promote the highest outcome standards, delivered by a caring motivated workforce."

Douglas Collins, CEO of Tallaght University Hospital Foundation continued, “TUHF's acquisition of the state-of-the-art CT Scanner, with its AI-enhanced capabilities, underscores our Foundation’s commitment to embracing cutting-edge technology that directly enhances patient care and health outcomes.”

Declan Carlyle, CEO Bartra Healthcare – “Caring for and about people is at the heart of everything that we do in Bartra Healthcare. We are delighted to partner with Tallaght University Hospital Foundation in the delivery of this new CT scanner, transformational technology which will positively impact the patients of TUH, and their families.”

Lucy Nugent, CEO of Tallaght University Hospital, thanked the Foundation and its donors. She went on to emphasises the value this CT scanner will bring to the Hospital and its patients, saying, "The ability to access CT scans seamlessly in the ED will positively impact patient outcomes by enabling faster clinical decision-making in cases where a CT scan is required as part of the diagnostic workup. This is particularly essential for trauma patients and patients presenting to the ED with suspected stroke."

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant backlog of patients requiring outpatient CT scans, putting even more pressure on the Radiology Department and impacting access to CT for ED patients, whose need is typically more critical. The new CT scanner will free up capacity in the Radiology Department for general, scheduled outpatient services, thereby reducing the public waiting list for CT scans.

TUHF extends its sincere appreciation to the continued support of Bartra Healthcare who have contributed to this milestone achievement.  With the installation of the CT scanner, TUH not only reinforces its position as a leading healthcare institution, attracting highly skilled physicians and offering cutting-edge technology but also positively impacts the lives of countless individuals in need of urgent medical attention.

Editors Notes:
TUH has 465 inpatient adult beds, 74 onsite day beds for our Dialysis, Oncology, Infusion, Haematology, Cardiology, Bone & Joint and minor surgery services. The Hospital also has a Day Surgery Centre located near the Hospital which has four theatres and 25 bays for elective surgery. There are an additional 61 offsite beds under its governance. The Hospital is staffed by over 3,000 people with 63 different nationalities represented on the team.

The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and is a designated trauma unit.

TUH is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health & social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. TUH is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2M across seven counties. 

Tallaght University Hospital Foundation supports the transformation of healthcare in Tallaght University Hospital through collaboration with our donors and partners. We support innovation and discovery so that the patients’ experience at our hospital is exceptional.  With the support of our donors, Tallaght University Hospital can innovate, care and create an even longer lasting positive impact on the lives of patients, staff, visitors, donors and community.

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